Install printer without a disc and turn printer online
Do you understand how to install the printer and turn printer offline to online, but do not have a driver disk on your hands? Or do you understand how to connect a printer to a laptop, but the laptop does not have the drive to insert the media with the software? Situations can be different, but they are united by one problem – the need to install drivers on a printer without a disk.
How to find out which driver you need?
For the connected equipment to work properly, you need to find the right drivers. To complete this task, you need to know:
- Printer model.
- Version and bit size of the operating system.
Check the exact model on the body of the device, the box from it, or the user manual. You can find out the version and bit size in the system properties:
- Right-click on Computer.
- Open Properties.
- See system type and edition.
Smart Search will find the necessary software and automatically determine your operating system. Let’s say you need a driver for Windows 7 – check that it matches not only the version but also the bit size (32 or 64 bits), then click “Download”. Drivers for HP are found and downloaded in the same way as for printers of other brands, Epson, Brother, etc.
If you do not want to look for drivers on the official website (or the necessary software is not there for some reason), you can use another method:
- Right-click on Computer.
- Open the Management tool.
- Go to Device Manager.
- Right-click the printer you connected.
- Click the Details tab.
- Open the “Equipment ID”.
- Copy the first value (if nothing is found on this code, try the second).
- Paste it in the search bar on devid.info.
Select the appropriate driver version (by system version and bit) and click on the diskette to download the software.
Note: The hardware ID must be determined even if the device is not fully identified by the system. Simply put, if the printer is installed, you can easily find out its code through Device Manager.
Steps to install Printer software
The drivers are downloaded as an installation package with the extension * .exe. If you had an installation disk, you would find the same file inside it. Accordingly, the order of installation also does not change:
- Run the downloaded installation file, usually Setup.exe.
- Use the installation wizard to complete all the steps.
- Restart the computer (if the wizard prompts you to do so).
After rebooting, go to the Devices and Printers section to make sure that the printer is correctly detected by the system and is used by default.
You can try installing the printer through Windows Update. There is nothing complicated here:
- Disconnect the printer from the computer.
- Open the Devices and Printers section.
- Click the “Install” button.
- Select “Add local”.
- Leave the port unchanged.
- Click the Update Center button.
- Wait for the available drivers to load and select the software for your model (or at least series).
- Leave the printer name unchanged and wait for it to set. Sharing does not need to be allowed.
After installation, you will have an added icon in the Devices and Printers section. Right-click on it and select “Delete”. Then connect the printer and wait for it to “grab” the previously installed software.